Pumpkin Churro Cake. Soft, cinnamon and pumpkin cake layers with a gooey praline filling, frosted with a pumpkin pie spiced white chocolate buttercream and finished chocolate ganache. All the amazing tastes of pumpkin and churros in a cake!
Churro Cake is one of my favorite and most requested cakes. It is just so ridiculously amazing and delicious. I made it for a Christmas brunch a few years back, and my friend Hannah has been talking about it since. I mentioned in the Instant Pot Key Lime Pie post that she and her husband just moved away, and I had wanted to make them each a special dessert before they left.
Pumpkin Churro Cake
I wanted to make Hannah something extra special. Since she has eaten my churro cake multiple times, I wanted to find a way to do it a bit differently, something special for just her. Hannah likes pumpkin, so I used pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to make the cake layers. For the frosting I used white chocolate with pumpkin pie spice to make a buttercream, and then used chocolate ganache over the top.
This cake is definitely time consuming to make, but it is not difficult, and well worth every minute you spend on it! It is sure to be a favorite any place you serve it!
Pumpkin Churro Cake
- 3/4 cups butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons corn starch
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 2 cups pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/4 teaspoon miso paste
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
- 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup all vegetable shortening
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 ounces white chocolate chips
- 3-4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- First, brown the butter. To do this, melt butter in medium sized sauce pan over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter turns amber in color and has a nutty smell, about 10 minutes. Transfer butter to a heat safe bowl and allow to re-harden for at least an hour. You can also put in the fridge and use again the next day.
- When ready to make the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 3, 8" baking pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour sides (I use baking PAM for this).
- Beat together butter, sugar and light brown sugar on medium high speed until lightened and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- With mixer on low, slowly beat in eggs, egg yolks, grapeseed oil, vanilla, and pumpkin puree.
- In medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, corn starch, baking powder, kosher salt, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
- Slowly beat about 1/2 cup flour mixture into sugar/butter mixture. Then, beat in about 1/3 of the buttermilk. Alternate beating in rest of flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour.
- Spread batter evenly between the three prepared pans.
- Bake for 23-25 minutes, or until tops are golden and toothpick in center of cake comes out with just a few crumbs.
- Let cool completely before assembling cake.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a small bowl, mix together pecans, maple syrup, salt and cayenne paper.
- Lay pecans out on prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes, stir, then bake for another 8 minutes.
- Let pecans cool for at least 5 minutes. Then, place pecans in a food processor and grind until they turn into a butter consistency, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
- In a small pot over medium-low heat, add white chocolate, corn syrup, miso, salt, and brown sugar. Stir constantly until chocolate melts.
- Once chocolate melts, turn heat to medium and continue stirring constantly until the mixture turns to a light brown color (just a little bit darker than the miso).
- Remove from heat and slowly whisk in the heavy cream. Once cream and chocolate are well mixed, fold in the pecan butter.
- Place in fridge for at least 6 hours before using. NOTE: I only use half of this for each cake, so I freeze the other half to use again. It freezes well in an airtight container and I have used it up to 6 months later.
Frosting, Ganache, and Assembly
- In a small bowl, melt white chocolate. To do this I place in microwave on 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Set aside to cool for about 5 minutes before using in frosting.
- Beat together butter and shortening until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
- Then, on medium speed, beat in powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time. Scrape down sides with spatula as needed.
- Next, beat in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
- After this, slowly mix in melted chocolate. Once incorporated beat on high speed for about 30 seconds to mix thoroughly.
- Mix in 3-4 tablespoons of heavy cream to reach desired consistency.
- If needed, level cakes. As there is not much leavening and the cake does not rise much, I find I generally do not have to do this.
- Place one layer of a cake on a cake board. Put frosting in a pasty bag and pipe boarder along outside of one layer. Fill inside boarder with desired amount of pralina filling (I use about 1/4 of the mixture for each layer). Place a second layer on top, and repeat. Finally, place third layer on top.
- churro cake filling
- Use frosting to lightly frost outside of cake (this is a crumb layer). Place cake in fridge for about 15 minutes, then finish frosting.
- Place dark chocolate chips in a heat safe bow. Place heavy cream in microwave safe bowl and heat until cream starts to boil, about 1 minute. Pour heated cream over chocolate and cover bowl in plastic wrap. Let set for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Pour over top of cake and let run down the sides.
- Let ganache sit for at least 5 minutes before you decorate the top with additional buttercream.
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